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MS in the Hispanic/Latinx Community


Recent studies show an increase in the number of people throughout Latin America who have multiple sclerosis. We are here to ensure that no one has to face MS alone. Together, we can advocate for access to healthcare, improve representation in clinical trials and help people who have MS live their best lives.

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Dr. Mitzi Williams talking about health equity and multiple sclerosis.

Ask an MS Expert: Faces of MS

Dr. Mitzi Williams and host Jon Strum discuss healthcare access and MS — and what the MS community can do to help provide resources and support to everyone affected by MS, especially vulnerable communities. 


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Profesionales de salud hablan del incremento en el número de los hispanos con esclerosis múltiple.

Pregúntale a un Experto en Esclerosis Múltiple: Las Caras de la EM

Durante mucho tiempo, los profesionales de salud daban por hecho que la EM era poco común entre los hispanos/latinx. Pero investigaciones recientes realizadas indican un incremento en el número de personas en Latinoamérica con EM. 

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Jennifer Rios, diagnosed with MS in 2000.

On the Rise

As awareness grows about MS in the Hispanic/Latinx community, treatment is improving.

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Young Gloria Estefan and her family, including her father, who had MS.

Sharing My Family’s MS Experience

Gloria Estefan reveals how MS affected her family and reflects on how far we’ve come.

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Mayteé Ramos leads two MS support groups, including one in Spanish.

Obstacles to Access

Hispanic/Latinx people with MS are advocating for healthcare equity.

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Hispanic/Latinx people can make a difference in research on MS.

Make a Difference Through Research

Hispanic/Latinx people are underrepresented in research studies, making it difficult to tell which treatments are best and how to reduce the risk of MS.

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Evelyn Sanguinetti, First Hispanic U.S. Lieutenant Governor.

Living the American Dream with MS

“It has been assumed that MS is uncommon in the Hispanic/Latino population, but that is not the case.”

—Evelyn Sanguinetti, First Hispanic U.S. Lt. Governor

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Jovany Hernandez, who has multiple sclerosis, and his family.

Race and MS: Confronting Inequities

Uncovering the gaps in MS research, diagnosis and treatment.


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Advance research

It is important that Hispanic/Latinx people with MS participate in research studies so that scientists can understand why the disease affects them differently and ensure that healthcare professionals deliver the best possible care. Check out three initiatives currently underway and seeking volunteers:

Learn more about how you could be Making a Difference in MS Through Research from the MS Minority Research Engagement Partnership Network, and talk to your healthcare provider about participating in a clinical trial or other type of research.


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